On the Determinants of Educational Corruption: The Case of Ukraine

Philip Shaw, Marina Selini Katsaiti, Brandon Pecoraro

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    This article utilizes a unique data set to examine the relationship between a group of potential explanatory variables and educational corruption in Ukraine. Our corruption controls include bribing on exams, on term papers, for credit, and for university admission. We use a robust nonparametric approach in order to estimate the probability of bribing across the four different categories. This approach is shown to be robust to a variety of different types of endogeneity often encountered under commonly assumed parametric specifications. Our main findings indicate that corruption perceptions, past bribing behavior, and the perceived criminality of bribery are significant factors for all four categories of bribery. From a policy perspective, we argue that when bribe control enforcement is difficult, anti-corruption education programs targeting social perceptions of corruption could be appropriate.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)698-713
    Number of pages16
    JournalContemporary Economic Policy
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2015

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Business,Management and Accounting
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Public Administration


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